Hildegard of Bingen: A Sonnet

Hope you enjoy this sonneteer as much as I do. Thank you, Malcolm Guite!

Malcolm Guite

Tending the tree of Life by Hildegard of Bingen Tending the tree of Life by Hildegard of Bingen

The 17th of September is the feast day of Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, a remarkable and prophetic woman, who described herself as ‘a feather on the breath of God’, and whose many works in theology, music, visual art, poetry and drama are still inspiring people today. Indeed she is coming more and more into her own, as one of her key ideas ‘Viriditas’, or the greening and life-renewing work of the Holy Spirit, seems especially apposite for our time. See this page on her by a contemporary Benedictine.

The photo below is by Margot Krebs Neale

I wrote this sonnet at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire. It is published in my second volume of poetry The Singing Bowl, Canterbury Press, available on Amazon in both the US and the UK

As always you can hear the sonnet by clicking…

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2 thoughts on “Hildegard of Bingen: A Sonnet

  1. Dr B

    Thank you for this, I’ve read the full post of Malcolm’s then did a bit of Googling. An interesting lady from a period of history that interests me, but rarely do I enter the “Germanic sphere”. I have peeked at one of Malcolm’s books, The Singing Bowl” too, though poetry is certainly not my specialist subject unless it’s by/from Norman Nicholson.

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  2. Patrick Cole Post author

    Thanks for the feedback, Dr B and the tip to check out Norman Nicholson. I look forward to learning more about “this champion of the working class” and why “His admirers included T. S. Eliot and Ted Hughes, and Seamus Heaney”.

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